Juande Ramos is doused with champagne by Robbie Keane. (Photo by ADRIAN DENNIS/AFP via Getty Images)
When it was announced on Sunday that six Premier League clubs had made the decision to become founding members of a new European Super League, the news was met with a potent cocktail of fury and derision from most parties – and justifiably so too.
With governing bodies across the continent threatening to enforce blanket bans on clubs and players who take part in the competition, there is a very real possibility that a tournament of this ilk could rip the beating heart out of several top divisions, including the Premier League.
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But while the concept itself has caused widespread anger, so too has the roster of clubs who are set to take part.
Since 2008, freshly-sacked Jose Mourinho has won a Premier League, a Champions League, two League Cups, a La Liga, a Copa del Rey, a Spanish Super Cup, two Serie A titles, an Italian Cup, an Italian Super Cup, a Europa League, and a Charity Shield. Needless to say, he won none of these with Spurs. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
In particular, much of the rhetoric on social media has focused on Tottenham Hotspur, and specifically, what qualifies them as an elite club.
The fact of the matter is that Spurs haven’t lifted a trophy since they won the Carling Cup under Juande Ramos in 2008.
At the time of writing, it has been 4,803 days since they pulled of that feat – equal to 115,272 hours, or 6,916,320 minutes.
Of course, they could win the Carabao Cup next Sunday, with a final against Manchester City on the horizon, but the sudden dismissal of Jose Mourinho on Monday has left big question marks over what state they’ll be in for that clash.
Just a couple of months after Spurs lifted the League Cup in 2008, Leicester City were relegated from the Championship to League One. In the intervening years, the Foxes managed to pull themselves back up through the divisions, survive an incredibly fraught relegation battle, and then win the Premier League as 5,000/1 outsiders. The team that pushed them most of the way before an late collapse saw them drop to third in the table? Tottenham, of course. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)
And that got us thinking – 13 years is a long time without silverware, so long in fact that many supporters probably wish they could have filled the time in other ways, rather than tottering around in a state of perpetual limbo.
With that in mind, we've put together a countdown of all the things Tottenham fans could have been doing instead of watching their side over the past 6,916,320 minutes.
If it happens to double as a mild comment on the ludicrous nature of hand-picking arbitrary clubs from across the continent to compete in an annual competition that will completely eradicate the meritocracy that should underpin all aspects of professional football too, then what a happy coincidence.
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The entirety of Peter Jackson's epic Lord of the Rings trilogy comes in at around 11 1/5 hours, meaning that Spurs supporters could have settled in to watch the saga a whopping 10,292 times since they last won a piece of silverware. Their wait for a trophy is becoming so desperate that they can probably emphasise with Gollum and his tortured obsession with something small and shiny a fair bit too. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
It took a rolling cast of American masons and their chisels around 14 years to build Mount Rushmore, with construction starting in October 1927. Given their trophyless plight, Spurs supporters could have rattled through most of it by now, maybe leaving one of Abraham Lincoln's eyebrows unfinished or something. Alternatively, if carving faces into mountains isn't your thing, how about building the Statue of Liberty and the Golden Gate Bridge - two tasks that took around 13 years in total. (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
If mountains aren't your thing, how about an entire city? It took the Brazilian government just 41 months to build a brand new capital from scratch in the late '50s. That hulking metropolis was, of course, Brasilia, which was inaugurated to its current status in April 1960. Tottenham have been waiting so long that they could have built the same urban space 3.8 times over. (Photo by YASUYOSHI CHIBA/AFP via Getty Images)
It's been, give or take, 115,272 hours since Tottenham last won a trophy. Tallying everything up - and we mean everything; albums, remasters, b-sides, outtakes of John Lennon coughing into microphones - The Beatles' back catalogue comes in at around 17 hours. As such, you could have listened to every Fab Four release 6,781 times since Spurs lifted the Carling Cup in 2008 - even more if you skip the songs that Ringo wrote. (Photo by Edward Wing/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
From start to finish, Tom Hanks is stuck on his uninhabited South Pacific island for four years in the movie Castaway. When that information flashes up as a subtitle part way through the film, it's hard not to be a little bit shaken by it. Four years... It's an age. Spurs have been waiting over three times that long for a trophy. It's a wonder than Harry Kane hasn't started painting red hand prints on any of his many, many hat-trick balls. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
On average, human hair grows 0.44 millimetres per day. That's a miniscule amount, but you've got to remember Spurs haven't won a trophy for 4,803 days, and that microscopic growth adds up. In fact, if you were to let your hair grow at nearly half a millimetre a day for over 13 years, it could theoretically grow to be 6'10" long. That's like having Peter Crouch in platforms hanging from your scalp. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
This one is boring - literally. On average a decent tunnelling machine can cover about 100 metres per day. If, therefore, you were to start digging a tunnel from London to Glasgow on the day that Spurs lifted the League Cup in 2008, you'd already be approximately around Beattock, a small village nearly 20 miles north of Dumfries. That's a lot of earth shifted. (Photo by LUDOVIC MARIN/AFP via Getty Images)
No seriously... and with time to spare. The moon is around 238,855 miles away from Earth. Assuming that most people walk around a mile every 20 minutes, it would take the average person around 4,777,100 minutes to cover the distance between here and that mesmerising rock in the sky - although admittedly, you might need a couple of breaks along the way. 4,777,100 minutes is equivalent to 3,317.43 days, far far fewer than the 4,803 Spurs have clocked up in their wait for silverware. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)